the second of a two-part series, B’n’M Poles Catfish pro-staffer Nick Diminio
explains what gear, rods, and rigs you’ll need, and how to use them to
successfully bump for catfish
the first of a two-part series, B’n’M Poles Catfish pro-staffer Nick Diminio
will explain why bumping has become such a popular tactic for catching big
As we enter the post-spawn phase of crappie fishing
across the country, many anglers are tempted to lose hope or worse, give up
crappie fishing altogether. While not as exciting or as looked forward to as
the spawn, finding and catching crappie during the post-spawn is not only
possible, but in some cases, more consistent than fishing at other times of the
Here are a few tips and tactics that the B’n’M pros
use when the party is over and it’s time to get back to everyday fishing.
After a hard fought battle on the Alabama River on April 29 - 30, the
winners of the Crappie Masters Alabama State Championship are B’n’M’s father
and son team of Billy and Scott Williams from Cochran, Georgia. Over the course
of the two day tournament, which allowed competitors to fish both the Alabama
River and Lake Jordan, the Williams team took the lead on day one with a weight
of 12.35 pounds and then added a second day’s weight of 12.02 for a combined
two day weight of 24.37 pounds.
anglers who have been enjoying spring days in the backs of creeks and secluded
coves are about to have to turn around and face the music. Unfortunately, that
music is orchestrated by strong winds that always seem to blow between the
transition into spring and then over to summer.
Tight lining is deadly in that it places not just one bait
but multiple baits right in a crappie’s face. It works in both deep water and
shallow and some anglers, with significant trophy cases at home, do nothing but
tight line all year long.
the past 20 years, as year round crappie tournaments grew, so did the number of
rods that crappie anglers used to catch them, especially anytime of the year
when crappie have moved away from the bank and suspend around submerged
structure like channel ledges, brush piles and drop offs.
B’n’M pro-staffer Matthew Outlaw grew up crappie fishing under
the guidance of his father, legendary crappie guru Whitey Outlaw. When he
joined the national crappie circuit, Matthew had to learn to adapt from the
comfort zone of his home Santee-Cooper waters and learn to fish waters all
across the country. The young gun of the crappie circuit shared some tips that
can be used by both tournament anglers and recreational anglers who are just
looking to try a new location.
B’n’M pro staffer Kent Driscoll suggests that to
understand seasonal crappie movements this time of year, all you need to do is
take a look at any piece of property on dry land and it’s pretty obvious where
Southern crappie anglers are
fortunate. The waters don’t freeze over and crappie anglers can get out and ply
their trades without drilling holes to fish through. Just because the surface
waters aren’t frozen doesn’t necessarily mean that southern crappie act all
that differently from their northern cousins. So, that begs the question: Is
there something to learn from guys who do fish hardwater for crappie this time
anglers often have a bad habit of over complicating the sport. For generations
before the modern era of sophisticated gear and tactics, a lot of the old
timers caught plenty of fish by using common sense. One of the most common
sense themes of crappie fishing is catch them, you first have to find them. To
find crappie, you go where the food is.
Last time, Kent
Driscoll introduced the new dock shooting rod, the Sharp Shooter 6 from B’n’M,
now let’s put it to work on some winter boat docks.
Pro Staffer Kent
Driscoll Explains Why 2016 Is Going To Be The Year of Shooting Docks And How
You Can Get Started Right Now
years ago when B’n’M decided to make its mark in the catfishing industry, we
decided that like our rods, we needed to round up the best catfishermen to put
on our pro-staff so that we could supply our manufacturing partners and our
customers with the latest trends and features in catfishing rods to help us
make the best rods on the market and help you catch more catfish.
to B’n’M pro staffer Kent Driscoll, finding and catching crappie in the fall is
very similar to finding and catching crappie in the spring, only in reverse.
The biggest difference is that fall crappie are not interested in spawning but
are moving from deep water depths, where they spent the summer, to the
mid-water and shallower depths to find favorable water temperatures, better
oxygen content, and most importantly – food.
the realm of sports, teams with great skill and good work ethic win
championships. Such teams have won in what sports writers like to call
“wire-to-wire” culminating in a championship win. The really great teams have
won championships “back-to-back” spanning multiple years with their domination
of a sport.
Fall fishing for crappie can be a time of feast or famine as water temperatures begin to descend as well as additional climatic factors such as lake levels, water flows, and baitfish migrations. One factor that many crappie anglers may overlook is the color of the water, or more specifically, the clarity of the water.
Pickwick Lake crappie guide Brad Whitehead has seen the world of crappie fishing move from cane pole fishing to multi rod spider rigging to trolling high dollar crankbaits. He believes that all of these methods have a time and place but one thing he has noticed on his home lake is that a lot of anglers simply over look single pole jigging for crappie in the late summer when crappie begin to move into their fall pattern.
Of all the times to be out on the water, late summertime may be the hardest on the angler. Daytime temperatures can soar into the upper 90’s and water temperatures are not far behind. Rather than get upset, B’n’M pro staffer Kent Driscoll has the perfect solution – Go crappie fishing.
Whether it’s live bait or that tournament winning stringer of crappie, help your fish survive during the summer heat
When temperatures soar during the hottest time of the year, crappie in large impoundments will seek out comfort zones in order to survive during the summer. The “comfort zone” is a bit misleading because crappie, being sunfish, also deal with higher water temperatures than a lot of other species.
Post-Spawn crappie anglers often sing the blues when the party is over and finding willing fish is a lot tougher than it was just a few weeks ago. Post-spawn fish tend to stay shallow, but they have lost the aggressiveness of guarding territory and they tend to really space out, making them harder to locate.
Night fishing for crappie is a rite of passage across much of the country as anglers seek a way to avoid the summer heat and pleasure boat traffic that frequently plagues many waterways during the hot months. No stranger to the ways of the night crappie angler, B’n’M pro-staffer Rod Wall from Ninety Six, South Carolina, has taken this past time and turned it into a science.
It was a series of firsts on Saturday April 18 that led to well-known Duck Commanders Jay Stone and John Godwin hoisting the Crappie Masters first place trophy at the North Louisiana Fairgrounds in Ruston, Louisiana.
Just about anywhere in the country right now, crappie have left some unbelievably deep and open water and are hiding themselves in some pretty hard to reach places. That very conspicuous habit could account for much of the fish’s following because anglers love to pull big fish out of hard to reach areas like boat docks, heavy wooden cover, and lily pads. You can add B’n’M pro staff director Kent Driscoll to that number.
Across the country, many crappie anglers recognize there are two distinct spawning seasons for crappie – the black crappie spawn and the white crappie spawn. Depending on where you live in the country, those may be occurring at various times based on water temperature and prevailing weather conditions.
B’n’M pro-staffer Rod Wall splits his time between fishing national tournament trails across the country and working/guiding for crappie on his home lakes in South Carolina and Georgia. Because the majority of fish in his home lakes are black crappie, early spring time signals Wall that it’s time to begin targeting black crappie in the pre-spawning stages.
You can tell the crappie fishing industry has hit the mainstream by all of the fishing “gimmicks” that abound on the market. Many of these innovations sound good, but are more to attract crappie fishermen than crappie. At the same time, the crappie fishing world has a tendency to follow the bass fishing trends. After all, who ever thought a four inch crank bait would catch a crappie?
Crappie fishing fans have been able to follow B’n’M pro staffer Russ Bailey on television and video for many years. Bailey is the host and producer for B’n’M’s highly successful video series “AnyTime, AnyPlace, In Any Water Crappie - Numbers One Two and Three. He is also the long time host of MidWest Crappie, one of the first and finest television shows dedicated to the crappie angler.
For 2014, Bailey has stepped out big time and announced his new television adventure “BrushPile Fishing”. BrushPile Fishing is a brand new series developed by NKTelco Sports in New Knoxville, Ohio. This exciting and educational fishing series takes viewers into the world of crappie fishing in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and the list goes on.
When water temperatures reach into the 50’s, bass fishing anglers typically break out finesse tackle and drop shot rigs to target specific structure and even specific fish when the bite gets slow. The same tactics work for crappie, perhaps even better than bass, because crappie tend to school tighter than bass in the winter and hold tighter to structure. Because crappie have a higher metabolism than most other freshwater fish, finding them, and presenting a bait to them can result in as many bites and quality fish as any time of the year.
One of the great things about being a crappie angler is that you can learn your trade at any number of lakes across the country. Seasonal crappie fishing patterns remain pretty similar in a variety of places and typically work interchangeably across wide geographic areas. What this means in laymen’s terms is that if you learn how to crappie fish on one lake, these tactics will put you in the ballgame on another lake.